October 28, 2019
Silver Spring, MD — Easterseals Disability Staffing Network(EDSN) is excited to welcome new program director Sharisse O’Banion to continue its critical work of helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment.
“We are so excited to have Sharisse O’Banion leading the EDSN team,” said Jon Horowitch, President and CEO of Easterseals DC MD VA. “She is an inspirational leader with more than 14 years of experience with training, assessment, management and maximizing the career readiness of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and military service members. Having her expertise at Easterseals is sure to enhance our mission of making profound and positive differences in the daily lives of people of all ages with disabilities, special needs, military backgrounds and their families.”
Sharisse has been working in disability employment ever since she graduated high school. Having discovered a natural talent for helping people with disabilities secure jobs, she has worked in every positon from being a job coach to being a recruiter to establishing competitive, community-based employment programs.
“My passion for helping people, especially those from a disadvantaged population, started when I was very young,” said Sharisse O’Banion, EDSN Program Director. “My goal with EDSN is build it up to be a solid program that can not only secure placements for people with disabilities on a larger scale, but that it can become a model to be emulated on a national scale.”
Sharisse has extensive experience collaborating with various federal and state agencies and organizations within the private and public sectors, including Veterans Benefits Administration, District of Columbia Department of Disability Administration, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Maryland Department of Disabilities, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of Defense and the Small Business Administration.
Sharisse is an advocate for issues impacting communities across the country, including veteran education and employment. Her expertise and knowledge have proven effective as a positive change agent to create strategies, improve processes and procedures for organizations with an emphasis on community outreach, employer relations, effective communication, leadership and job development. She also increased, maintained and established business relationships amongst the DC Metropolitan area to establish a system-wide focus that sets high expectations for youth and adults to work, earn the customary rate for their work and contribute to their communities.Sharisse earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from North Carolina Central University.
Easterseals DC MD VA – For 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for children, adults, families and veterans living – and thriving – with disabilities and special needs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Through the innovative, inclusive and person-centered work we do, we are strengthening our community and changing the way the world defines and views disability. We are committed to making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. www.eseal.org
Contact: Jenny Chang